PAPA Week 2022

PAPA Week 2022

Scottsdale Artists’ School & Plein Air Painters of America

PAPA Week 2022

February 13 – 17, 2022

With renowned Instructors

Mitch Baird • Dave Santillanes • Aimee Erickson • Eric Jacobsen


This workshop will focus on the foundational principles required to complete successful landscape paintings in the field. These instructors all agree that a solid understanding of drawing, value, design, and color is fundamental when it comes to analyzing the subject at hand and completing a solid painting. We will cover these principles in depth and discuss how they apply to organic form which is so commonly found in a natural environment. Participants should expect plenty of personal attention and daily demos.
This class is open to all skill levels.

On Sunday, all students will attend an all-day lecture series during which each instructor will lecture for approximately one hour. There will be four days of instruction (Monday-Thursday)
The instructors will be splitting into two teams: Eric and Mitch and Aimee and Dave. Students will be split into two groups with each group spending two days with each team.

Scottsdale Artists’ School cancellation policies apply.

“Meet and Greet” Dinner (Optional)

We would like you to join us for an evening of food, fun, art and conversation at the Valley Field Riding and Polo Club, a historic Phoenix landmark built in the 1920’s. Attendees will enjoy a buffet dinner and wine. As a special opportunity, dinner guests will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four paintings donated by the PAPA instructors. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening.
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2021 | Cost: $60 (not included in cost of workshop)  | Time: 6:00 pm

If you are interested in attending the dinner, please sign up at the time of registration.


Additional Vermilion Cliffs Excursion

February 18-20. Following the workshop, all four instructors are driving up to the Vermilion Cliffs in Northern Arizona for three days of painting. Workshop participants are invited and welcome to come paint this spectacular area. Please note this is not a continuation of the class and there will be no instruction. We’ll drive up the morning of the 18th, and paint that afternoon and on the 19th and 20th. Arrange your own transportation and lodging; complete information provided upon enrollment. 


Founded in 1986, the Plein Air Painters of America started as a small group of artists dedicated to painting the landscape directly from life. Today we have 40 active members who participate in annual gatherings, museum exhibitions, and Master-level workshops.